‘The Missing has a delicious sense of foreboding from the first page, luring us into the heart of a family with terrible secrets and making us wait, with pounding hearts for the final, agonizing twist. Loved it’
Fiona Barton, Author of THE WIDOW
You love your family. They make you feel safe. You trust them.
But should you…?
‘A twisty-turny psychological thriller … Well-written, pacy and gripping’ Fabulous
When fifteen-year-old Billy Wilkinson goes missing in the middle of the night, his mother, Claire, blames herself. She's not the only one. There isn't a single member of Billy's family that doesn't feel guilty. But the Wilkinsons are so used to keeping secrets from one another that it isn't until six months later, after an appeal for information goes horribly wrong, that the truth begins to surface.
Claire is sure of two things – that Billy is still alive and that her friends and family had nothing to do with his disappearance.
A mother's instinct is never wrong. Or is it?
Sometimes those closest to us are the ones with the most to hide…
"I was grabbed by this book from the first page and read the ending with an open mouth. I wish I could unread it so that I could go back and discover it again. Brilliant!"
Angela Marsons, Author of SILENT SCREAM
Praise for The Missing:
‘No one does broken families and friendships like Cally Taylor and The Missing is no exception."
Author of SOMEONE ELSE'S SKIN
‘Kept me guessing till the end’ SUN
‘As with all her books, C. L. Taylor delivers real pace, and it’s a story that keeps calling the reader back – so much so that I read it from cover to cover in one day’
Rachel Abbott, author of SLEEP TIGHT
‘Shocking’ S Magazine *Must Haves*
‘An emotionally charged and heartbreaking read, C.L. Taylor is fast becoming the Queen of the dark domestic drama' S.J.I. Holliday
‘Dark, twisty and utterly gripping. Each time I thought I'd worked out what was going on, my expectations were turned on their head. I absolutely loved it!’ Lucy Clarke, author of THE BLUE
‘Kept me guessing all the way through to the brilliant end. This story of a mother trying to hold her family's lives together whilst desperately searching for her missing son, had me gripped, unsettled, wrong-footed and ultimately hugely satisfied’
Amanda Jennings, author of IN HER WAKE
‘WOW. Her best one yet! Absolutely could not put it down – brilliant!’ Lucy Diamond
"Dark, utterly gripping and had me ripping through the pages."
Author of HOW I LOST YOU
"C.L. Taylor is the Queen of Just-One-More-Chapter Lit. I devoured this compelling novel about the secrets and lies at the dark heart of family life."
Author of FIRST ONE MISSING
“Another winner from the hugely talented CL Taylor. The Missing is clever, twisty and a joy to read. The ending took my breath away.”
Author of FOLLOW YOU HOME
‘Secrets and lies within a family can be devious as well as heartbreaking. The Missing explores these themes brilliantly – a dark and gripping read that engrossed me from start to finish’
Mel Sherratt, author of THE ESTATE series
"Utterly compulsive reading"
Author of The GIRL WHO WOULDN'T DIE
‘Stunning! Her best yet’
Louise Douglas, author of THE SECRET BY THE LAKE
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The pitfalls of family life prove deep and dark indeed in this tightly wound psychological thriller from the always suspenseful C.L. Taylor. As a mother tries to make sense of her 15-year-old son’s disappearance, months stack up and she finds herself further destabilised by blackouts that leave her with patches of missing time. Set in the author’s home base of Bristol, England, The Missing takes the reader through increasingly satisfying twists without losing sight of its emotional core. More than just a hard look at the double lives of teenagers, it exposes how fragile a family unit can be under great duress.
The disappearance of 15-year-old Billy Wilkinson from his home in Bristol, England, drives this emotionally raw family drama from British author Taylor (The Lie). Six months after Billy went missing, his mother, Claire, is certain that he is alive, while her husband, Mark, is doubtful. Billy's 19-year-old brother, Jake, and Jake's girlfriend, Kira Simmons, who lives with the Wilkinsons, have basically shut down. The alienation that each family member feels from the others heightens when they appear on TV to appeal for Billy's return. Jake shows up drunk, making a scene that's covered by the press. Claire's grief over Billy, whom she adored, plunges her into despair and gives the plot its heart. Claire has blackouts and wakes up not knowing where she is; she chases teenage boys she's sure are Billy; she walks into strangers' homes or dangerous situations in pursuit of her son. Each incident reinforces the impression that this dysfunctional family thrives on lies. Taylor keeps Billy's fate in question right up to the shocking denouement.
Couldn't put this book down. Read it in two days!
This book is extremely repetitive. 85% of it is either the main character rehashing things and repeating conversations and eventualities in her head “what if this” “what if that” sort of back and forth. Conversations between characters are lengthy and full of useless dialogue.
It feels like the writer was given a certain amount of word count to reach and they just needed to fill the pages. Long painful conversations that don’t lead to anything. The whole book could easily be condensed in half.
Nearly 250 pages in and hardly anything has happened, no plot development, just this woman struggling with her ability to cope with a tragedy.
If you want a psychological thriller, this isn’t it. If you want to read about a woman suffering from mental health and family problems, then maybe give it a shot.
Overall a very frustrating read.
I was hooked from the start
Fifteen-year-old Billy has been missing for six months, and when a new TV appeal goes wrong, his mother Claire's life starts unravelling even more. Was a family member involved in Billy's disappearance? Was he taken by a child molester? Has he just run away to get attention? As Claire tries to find the answers, her amnesic episodes generate even more questions. C. L. Taylor keeps you guessing to the very end.
Brilliantly written. A total page-turner. Couldn't put it down.